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A Civil Conversation: the Our Budget, Our Economy Final Report

A Civil Conversation: the Our Budget, Our Economy Final Report

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Published by America Speaks
The story of how 3,500 Americans from all walks of life found common ground to reduce our federal deficits. No partisan rhetoric, no yelling, no fights--just real citizens cooperating to solve these tough issues.
The story of how 3,500 Americans from all walks of life found common ground to reduce our federal deficits. No partisan rhetoric, no yelling, no fights--just real citizens cooperating to solve these tough issues.

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Albuquerque, NM; Augusta, ME; Casper, WY; Chicago, IL; Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX; Des Moines, IA; Detroit, MI;East Palo Alto, CA; Grand Forks, ND; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Missoula, MT; Overland Park, KS; Pasadena, CA;
Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Portsmouth, NH; Richmond, VA and 38 addional community conversaons
A Civil Conversaon
in a Polarized Polical Climate
The Stor of How 3,500 AmericansFrom All Walks of LifeFound Common Ground
to Reduce Our Federal Decits
January 3, 2011
 
John Rother, AARP
Joseph Antos, American Enterprise InstuteNorman Ornstein, American Enterprise InstuteHenry Aaron, Brookings InstuonThomas Mann, Brookings InstuonJohn Castellani, Business Roundtable
Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budgetand Policy PrioriesDeborah Weinstein, Coalion on Human NeedsMaya MacGuineas, Commiee for aResponsible Federal Budget
Jonathan Gruskin, Concerned Youth of America
Robert Bixby, Concord CoalionLawrence Mishel, Economic Policy InstuteMark Zandi, Economy.comDonna Bus, Generaons UnitedStuart Butler, Heritage FoundaonDiana Furchtgo-Roth, Hudson Instute
George Muñoz, Muñoz Group
Janice Gregory, Naonal Academy of Social InsuranceBarbara Kennelly, Naonal Commiee to Preserve SocialSecurity and MedicareSarah Hicks, Naonal Congress of American IndiansLinda Rosenberg, Naonal Council of CommunityBehavioral Health AssociaonLecia Miranda, Naonal Council of La RazaDuane Parde, Naonal Tax Payers UnionMarc Morial, Naonal Urban LeagueMark Paul, New America FoundaonGeorge C. Wu, OCA NaonalSco Hodge, Tax FoundaonRudolph Penner, Urban InstuteMargaret Simms, Urban InstuteR. Bruce Josten, US Chamber of Commerce
About AMERICA
SPEAKS
: Our Budget, Our Econom
America
Speaks
is a non-parsan, non-protorganizaon with the mission of providing Americans
with a greater voice in the most important decisions
that aect their lives. America
Speaks
has engaged
more than 160,000 cizens across the country onsuch topics as shaping municipal budget prioriesin Washington, D.C., creang regional plans for the
greater Chicago and Cleveland regions, and developingrebuilding plans for the World Trade Center site in
New York City and New Orleans following HurricaneKatrina.For more informaon about America
Speaks
, visit us
online at www.usabudgetdiscussion.orgor www.americaspeaks.org.
America
Speaks
: Our Budget, Our Economy was madepossible by the Peter G. Peterson Foundaon, W.K.Kellogg Foundaon, and John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundaon.Addional funding and in-kind support was alsoprovided by the Casper Area Economic DevelopmentAlliance; Casper Community Foundaon; CasperEvents Center; City of Casper; Casper RotaryFoundaon; the College of the Atlanc; Goolsby-Finley and Associates; Gene George and Associates;Gorham Savings Bank; Maine Community Foundaon;Margot and Roger Milliken; Robert Monks Jr.; RichardRockefeller; Howard M. Rossman; Donald Sussman;the Silicon Valley Community Foundaon; the TateFoundaon; University of Maine at Augusta; WyomingMedical Center; Wyoming Business Alliance/WyomingHeritage Foundaon; Carol Wishcamper; and Dr. GailZimmerman.Copyright © 2010 by America
Speaks
Our Budget, Our Econom
National Advisor Committee
 
Table of Contents
03
 
What Happened?
An Execuve Summary
09
 
How Did The Naonal Discussion Work?
15
 
What Did They Say?Findings from the Naonal Discussion
 
16
Economic Recovery and Values Trade Os
 
20
Making Tough Choices 
21
Health Care Opons
 
24
Raising Taxes
 
27
Other Opons Submied by Tables Groups
 
29
Community Conversaon Results
31
 
Inial Evaluaon Findings
42
 
Outreach Partners
About This Report
The following report provides a nal analysisof the outcomes of the June 26, 2010, NaonalTown Meeng on the naon’s scal future.Data from the report primarily comes fromthree sources: individual keypad vong byparcipants at the 19 primary town meengsites, ideas submied by table groups at the19 town meeng sites, and decit reduconpackages created by table groups at the 19town meeng sites. Addional input comesfrom data submied by the 38 smallercommunity conversaon sites and preliminaryndings from independent evaluators atHarvard University and the University of California.Parcipants were not recruited through
a randomized sample and went through
a day-long deliberaon. As such, their
preferences should not be characterized as
represenng the views of the general public.Rather, the results reect the views of a large,diverse group of Americans who spent a daydeliberang about the issue.
To view individual site reports and more data
from the Naonal Town Meeng, visit theresults page at www.usabudgetdiscussion.org.
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